- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (June 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599213214
- ISBN-13: 978-1599213217
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shetland Bus: A WWII Epic Of Escape, Survival, and Adventure 1st Edition
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Released in 1951 and 1957, respectively, these titles offer little-known chapters in the history of World War II. Sledge Patrol tells how a handful of Danes and Norwegians on dog sleds patrolled a 500-mile perimeter of the Greenland coast to keep watch for Nazi invaders. When the day came, the men eluded the Germans using their hunting skills and knowledge of the Arctic terrain and managed to get back to base by walking the 56 miles without any equipment in some cases not even coats to bring word of the German presence. The "Shetland Bus" was the nickname given to the Norwegian fishing fleet, which was used to shuttle refugees secretly to freedom and bring supplies and intelligence to the Allied forces. Howarth, a British naval officer, was among the leaders of the Shetland Bus operation, so this history is based on firsthand experience.
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An especially good job of describing, without any heroics, the vicissitudes undergone by the survivors of these expeditions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's not a bad book. I think the problem is the author is telling parts of the story from his own perspective and parts from others, and he isn't enough of a journalist or writer to give full voice to the tales of the others. Having helped coordinate the anti-Nazi boat traffic between Shetland and Norway, he does a great job of explaining the organizing and supplying of a diverse group of men who really didn't want to be organized or directed, but needed the supplies. However, in his telling of their stories as they make the dangerous trips back and forth to Norway, the stories seem to lose their zip and become an exercise in accounting of materials sent and encounters with the Germans evaded. And, of course, with the most heartbreaking ones -- those where the ships were lost -- he can only speculate as to what went wrong and how they went down.
I'm grateful to Mr. Howarth that he took the time to write this book, but I can't help thinking a co-author or better editor might have helped make it more compelling. It's a story that's worth reading, but I wish there truly was more life in it.
I have been reading Ann Cleeve's Shetland mystery series and she mentioned the "Shetland Bus" as some of the background she used in one of the mysteries.
This is not a new book and the people we met knew of the history of The Shetland Bus.